After creating and helping others get online with their business and personal blogs, I can see there are still a lot of people in the world who does not know how to Stat a blog?
To tell you a fact, you are living in a time where millions of online entrepreneurs have figured out how to make money online, so not knowing how to start a blog that matter is a shame in my opinion.
When I meet up with colleagues, friends and even family members they often ask me how to start a blog? And I always enjoy helping them setting up their blog while they are watching at the computer screen next to me or seeing how I do it through Skype Screen share.
For those who have not met me or do not have the knowledge about “how to start a blog”? I thought I will write the process to make it easier to make you understand the best possible way. This is a quick one I’m writing while on my lunch break.
There are important steps to work on, so I will write the exact step by step, so you know how to create your own blog.
I recently created a video that documents some of what is discussed in this article, which I will publish soon or probably when I go home today, so make sure to subscribe to this FERNANDO BIZ.
First Decide What You Want To Blog About
There are a lot of bloggers on the web already. If you want to attract readers, you are going to need to establish your credibility. And also something you are passionate about, because if you want to grow the blog and attract readers you will have to write every day or at least three times a week.
Keep in mind just don’t go about, ok I’m going to start a blog and write something. Even that’s fine to get started but if you want to see some serious results to get you on the game, I would say think for a day and decide what you exactly want to blog about. I see some bloggers out there write about everything on their blogs, that’s fine when you become a brand like John Chow or Pat Flynn at Smart Passive Income.
John Chow can go and write about what he did last night or shoot a quick video about how he drive one of his new supper cars and still make money online.
So as a new blogger, to the world of blogging, I would highly advice you not to just blog about anything. Pick a topic you are passionate about, something that you have lots of experience with. In my case I have picked Online Marketing and write about How to make money online on my other blog, Online Marketing HQ.
Choose a good reliable hosting service provider
I host all my blogs with Hostgator, they are the best I have come across after being with hosting service like GoDaddy (Which really Sucks) and Blue Host which I never used even though everyone else tells it’s the best. Does your research read the reviews and decide what hosting service you would like to use?
One recent thing I experienced with Hostgator is that they have increased their taxes, so if you are in United Kingdom, clarify it well before you purchase the hosting service. But overall the service is supper and I advise you go with them
You can purchase your hosting service here and if you do, I will set your blog for free while you are watching the Skype Screen from wherever you are in the world.
Free Blogging Services
If you start a blog with a free blogging service because you have no money or broke, you will not get your own domain. You get something like myfourhourworkweekblog.wordpress.com (where there are a million other blogs at WordPress.com) and you don’t actually own the blog. If you ever do decide to move to your own domain, you have no way to take your readers with you, because you have no control over the site.
If you just want to get started for free today, you can always go to WordPress.com or Blogger.com or Tumblr and start a free blog in few minutes.
Those are just two of my free blogs which I started with WordPress and Blogger and Tumblr
However I advise you start a bog with your own hosting and it’s all yours, also if you want to monetize your blog with AdSense you will definitely want to use a CMD (Content Management System) like WordPress.org
What I suggest
Use WordPress.org CMS and start your blog
I suggest this because it offers much more flexibility and freedom to do what you want. You will have your own domain name, like fernandobiz.com. You can get this for as little as £6.97 per year from Namecheap (www.namecheap.com). In my experience, WordPress is the best free blog CMS software that allows you flexibility and room to grow.
If you want help to start your first blog or website, please check
Website Design with WordPress CMS
You can see some of the steps I have mentioned I teach on my WordPress Web Design training course.
How to choose a Domain Name?
This is important as it gives you the advantage to build online brand one day from your content marketing and online web services. And this easy and a fun, just got to Namecheap.com and search for names which you like and see if they are available. See one, go ahead and grab it right them and their. Now this is different if you on the niche websites sector. You may first of all do a thorough keyword analysis to see what are best keywords which gets a lot of searches every month and is there a possibility for your to rank on top on first page of Google?
How to do a Google Keyword Analysis using the Market Samurai?
I will leave you with a great video from Pat Flynn where he explains it best. In this 10 minute video, he talks about how he does keyword research when it comes to the blog posts that he writes, the articles he submit to article sites, and selecting potential profitable niche sites. H also shows you exactly how he do a bit of SEO “espionage” to scope out exactly what he have to do to out rank his competition.
I’ve used this exact methods and already doing the Google dance for Affordable Web Design Worcester as a result from a another competitor who ranks on first page for the exact keyword in this areas. You can see the screen I captured this morning before coming to work.
Also you can Google for best WordPress themes and pretty much find nice one for your new blog. **Need help on setting it up, just shoot me mail or contact me through this blog.
What to consider when buying a web host for your Blog?
The best and the easiest way to get a website is to go with a hosting company that offers “1 click installs”, or instant installations for Blogging and Forum software. And this is offered by Hostgator so no worries in that part. If it’s still complicated I will help you with that if you buy the hosting from my affiliate link below:
Why Hostgator Hosting?
For beginners, I recommend Hostgator, because they take care of you well, the customer care is superb. Where as many other hosting companies don’t. And the price is very competitive, about $100 for a year, but it is worth it. Use a promo code and get first month free. Go to: Hostgator and enter Promo Code: (Will share it later today when i go home 🙂 )
This is very easy. Just log into your hosting account, go to 1 click install and WordPress to your Domain. Now I forgot to tell you, when you register your Domain you have set your name servers.
If you have bought the Hosting first, you can set the two name services while you are registering the URL. There is step where they ask you if you would like to use your Name servers?
You just have to place your name servers there proceed, it’s very easy, however if you want any help on that please do let me know. I will do it for you or else arrange one of our online business consultants to help you on that through Skype.
Without these 4 things, you won’t be able to set up WordPress. Again, contact your hosting company’s tech support if you have any trouble with this.
When you are done with this, come back to your Hosting account and Go to Add Domain, and then set your domain with the hosting. And then go to 1 click install and install WordPress CMS software to your URL.
In few minutes you should be ready to go. Sometimes it might take some, but normally the website/bog should be ready in couple of minutes when you have come this far.
Then return to yourdominaname.com or co.uk/wp-admin and put the user name and password and login to you CMS. You are ready to blog.
Not really there are some plugins to install for maximum results and you may add a nice theme or get the site designed by a professional to make it look nice.
What are the plugins You should first install?
- Google XML Sitemaps
- All in One SEO Plugin
- Auto Link
- Yet Another related Post
- Spam Free WordPress
- Subscribe to this Blog
- Contact 7
- Simple Tags
- W3 Total Cache
- Social Share Icons
- WordPress Backup to Dropbox
How to install a free Theme to your WordPress Blog?
Download a Free WordPress theme
Select a WordPress theme. There are many places to find WordPress Themes, Just Google, free WordPress themes and you will get hundreds of themes to choose from. When you find one you like, just download it and go to Install themes on your WordPress CMD dashboard and upload them in seconds. Make sure to upload the ZIP file.
Activate Your Theme
Now you have a nice theme, which you can easily customize.
I will do a YouTube Video, on how I exactly do this under 20 minutes and it will be available on Online Marketing HQ, so make sure to subscribe to the blog or just visit it few times a week.
This is a quick-lunch break wrap up on How to Start a Blog, and below I have short video I shot this morning about Blogging and how to get started making some passive income online.